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One of those entertaining confections that's so pleasing to the eye and ear you'd have to be a genuine Scrooge to struggle against it.
Chicago Sun-Times
I was carried along by the wit, the energy and a surprising sweetness.
Entertainment Weekly
The richest and most satisfying romantic movie of the year. It's really about two great loves at once -- the love of life and of art -- and the way that Shakespeare, like no writer before him, transformed the one into the other.
San Francisco Chronicle
Anyone not romantically inclined going into Shakespeare in Love surely will be by the end.
Chicago Tribune
Some scholars may scowl, some lowbrows may scoff. But, like wordwise Will, these filmmakers know how to win a crowd -- from the queen down to the groundlings, from the sky above to the stage below. Bravo! [5 December 1998, Friday, p.A]
New York Post
If she (Paltrow) were the only good thing about Shakespeare in Love, it still would have been worth seeing; that she is the crown jewel in a glittering tiara of a film studded with writing and acting gems testifies to the deep pleasures to be found in this remarkable movie.
USA Today
Accessibly brainy screen charmer.
New York Daily News
Inordinately clever, sprightly romantic comedy.
San Francisco Examiner
Its brazen mixture of the comic and dramatic, the high and low and the emotional and intellectual is positively Shakespearean.
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
The whole ensemble has a hoot with this material, and their joy is contagious.
Not a great film, but it's an excuse to have an evening of pure enjoyment with a little culture painlessly mixed in.
Christian Science Monitor
This romantic farce has a talented cast and energy to spare, but somehow the ingredients don't burn as brightly as one would expect from such promising ingredients.

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